Updated 10th August 2016
BGKT 2016 News
Retreat 31st July
Venerable Pidiville Piyatissa (born in Sri Lanka) Head of Ketumati Buddhist Vihara Manchester led a retreat for BGKT Buddhist Group of Kendal (Theravada) and Keswick Theravada Buddhist Group at Kendal Fire Station community room on 31st July 2016. As far as we are aware he led the first retreat led by a Buddhist Monk to take place in an operative Fire Station in the UK, at Kendal Fire Station in September 2011. He appears to be the 3rd Buddhist Fire Chaplain in the world.
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Faith and Fire
BEWES Buddhists Engaged with Emergency Services
Mayor’s Sunday 3rd July
Kendal Civic Celebration for Mayor’s Sunday led by The Worshipful the Town Mayor Councillor Stephen Coleman on Sunday 3rd July 2016, included an invitation from the Mayor to SLIF South Lakeland Interfaith Forum and faith groups in Kendal.
Jacquetta Gomes Bodhicarini Upasika Jayasili represented BGKT Buddhist Group of Kendal (Theravada). Rev John Hetherington and SLIF Treasurer Rev Mandy Reynolds represented SLIF South Lakeland Interfaith Forum. They walked in the Civic Procession from the Town Hall to The Parish Church of the Holy Trinity for the Civic Service. Refreshments were served in the Mayors Parlour in Kendal Town Hall afterwards.
The Mayor of Kendal Councillor Stephen Coleman attended to BGKT’s Wesak celebrations, at Kendal URC United Reformed Church on May 21st 2016.